Mukilteo police arrested Snohomish County Council Chair Brian Sullivan Thursday night after he was found driving with a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit, said a police spokesman.
Sullivan, in addition to serving a second term on the council, is a Democrat running in the August primary election for a one-month term in the 1st Congressional District seat Jay Inslee vacated to run for governor.
Police caught up with Sullivan west of State Route 525 on Chennault Beach Road after another driver called them around 7:51 p.m. to report he was “all over the road,” said Mukilteo Police Department spokesman Lance Smith.
Sullivan had pulled over and stopped in front of a business when an officer approached him, Smith said. The officer smelled alcohol on Sullivan’s breath, and Sullivan was cooperative during field sobriety tests, which he failed, according to police.
The officer arrested Sullivan and took him to the police department, where two breath tests indicated blood-alcohol levels of .168 and .161, according to a department release. The legal blood alcohol level in Washington for non-commercial drivers over age 21 is .08.
“I’m just sorry,” Sullivan told the Everett Herald on Friday. The newspaper also reported that Everett District Court Judge Tam Bui accepted Sullivan’s not guilty plea at an arraignment but then recused herself.
Sullivan has been a Snohomish County Council member since 2008 for the 2nd Council District, according to a news release issued by Washington State Democrats. He also served as a state representative from 2001 to 2007 for the 21st Legislative District and mayor of Mukilteo.